In order to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, you must first have a thorough, dilated eye exam with a qualified ophthalmologist. This exam is often referred to as a LASIK consultation.
Here are a few things to consider for your LASIK consultation preparation:
Discontinue Contact Use: It is important for you to stay out of your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to your consultation. Contact lens use can change the shape of your corneal surface which can reduce the accuracy of the measurement of your refraction.
Know What to Expect: During the examination several tests will be administered, including measurements taken to determine your prescription, the shape of your eye, the thickness of your cornea and the level of dryness in your eyes.
Make a List of Questions: Your LASIK consultation is intended to gather all the information needed to determine if LASIK is an appropriate method of vision correction for your eyes. But more important, it is an opportunity for you to learn about the procedure and to have all your questions answered.
Medical History and Medication Information: Your surgeon will need to be aware of any medical problems you may have or any medications you are currently taking. Be prepared to share medical information at your visit.
Eye Prescription History: An important factor in LASIK candidacy is having a stable prescription. If you have older prescription information, or actual eyeglasses, please bring them with you to your appointment.
Arrange a Ride Home: Since your eyes may be dilated during the exam, you may want to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.
Coming in for a consultation in Virginia Beach is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or an alternative vision correction procedure. If you would like to find out if LASIK is right for you, contact Tidewater Eye Centers at 757-483-0400 or tidewatereye.com to schedule your LASIK consultation today.